Gordon Lightfoot Celebrates 80th Birthday on Tour

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Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot turned 80 on November 17, 2018, and will mark the date by performing in Ontario, at the Orillia Opera House. The show is part of a U.S. and Canadian tour that began Oct. 29. Scroll down to see the remaining tour dates.

Lightfoot’s hits include “Sundown” (#1), “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (#2) and “If You Could Read My Mind” (#5).

His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Buffett, the Grateful Dead and many others. Bob Dylan regularly performs Lightfoot’s composition “Shadows,” Paul Simon and Billy Joel have included his tunes in their shows, and when Toby Keith does his surprise small venue/barroom appearances playing cover songs as the Incognito Bandito, “Sundown” is always on the set list.

Watch Lightfoot perform “If You Could Read My Mind” on The Midnight Special

Lightfoot has earned four gold albums, two platinum and one double platinum sales awards in America and nine gold, four platinum and three double platinum in his native Canada. He still performs some 80 shows annually.

Related: “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is one of our “Surprising ’70s Hits”

Lightfoot was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Companion of the Order of Canada, in 2003, and is pictured on his own Canadian postage stamp. Dylan once said, “I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Every time I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever.” Kris Kristofferson says, “Gordon has created some of the most beautiful and lasting music of our time.” The Guess Who recorded a song titled “Lightfoot” in 1968 that used many of his song titles in its lyrics. A 2003 multi-artist salute to him, Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, featured such noted acts as Cowboy Junkies, Maria Muldaur, the Tragically Hip, Jesse Winchester, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Murray McLauchlan and others.

“The term legend is overused way too often,” Lightfoot has said. “I’ve certainly been around a long time and been at it now over 50 years, but I don’t consider myself a legend. I’m a guy who likes to sing my songs in front of people who want to hear them. I work at what I do and I enjoy it,” he says.

Gordon Lightfoot Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

11/17 – Orillia, ON – Orillia Opera House
11/18 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Center
11/22 – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square
11/23 – Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Memorial Centre
11/24 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

Watch Gordon Lightfoot perform “Sundown”

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  1. Pete
    #1 Pete 16 November, 2018, 12:44

    Great to hear about this tour; a friend of mine were just talking about Gordon & his great music; we would love to see him ~ !

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    • Jane
      Jane 18 November, 2018, 06:13

      I saw Gordon three years ago and he was wonderful. His voice is still strong and he kept his audience captivated. If you get a chance to see him in concert, don’t miss it!

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